Set amid some of the most dramatic coastal scenery on the planet, these five ingeniously constructed fishing villages can bolster the most jaded of spirits. A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997, sinuous paths traverse seemingly impregnable cliff-sides, while a 19th-century railway line cut through a series of coastal tunnels takes people from village to village.
Of course, the best way to discover Cinque Terre is aboard a typical fishermen's boat (called 'gozzo'). Become a fisherman for a day and learn the secrets of the traditional fishing systems. In the morning you will leave with the fishermen and their private little fishing boats. Learn how to throw the “giacchio”, a special and traditional fishing net. Waiting for fish, you will be able to visit charming villages on the Riviera and admire the beautiful landscape of Cinque Terre.
You will have the chance to be guided by the fishermen and listen to their interesting stories about the Cinque Terre. Then, back to the boats, you can check how much fish has been caught and…part of that will be yours! At the end of the fishing day, you will bring home the fish you have caught and be given precious tips on how to cook it as if you were a local.
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